The Russian ebook distributor LitRes reports 45-percent growth year-over-year in ebook sales for the first half of this year. And Storytel, which ended its first year in May in the market, cites digital access over vast distances as a driver.
The political debate is paying off for publishers of political books, NPD’s data indicates, with major titles leading a nonfiction boost that shows up not just in print but also in ebook sales.
A six-year trend of double-digit growth year-over-year continues, according to the new report for 2017 from the US Audio Publishers Association. Audiobook sales last year totaled more than $2.5 billion.
New insights into the US market, previously not visible to researchers, are coming to light now as NPD’s new BookScan License Reporting Service comes up to speed, tracking more than 4,000 licenses and more than 10,000 ISBNs weekly.
The UK reports that audiobooks are most popular with men 25 to 44, and in Canada, there’s a big jump from 2016 to 2017 in publishers producing audiobooks.
The latest book market statistics from Germany show that flat book sales are being generated by fewer overall book buyers. The Börsenverein calls for a focus on potential readers.
‘Your competitors like Netflix, Amazon Prime and Audible,’ publishers will hear this year at BookExpo and the rival rights fair, ‘are more than willing to fill the gap.’
Once more, downloaded audiobooks are the format leader, up 32.1 percent in the first quarter of 2018, according to the Association of American Publishers’ StatShot report.
The Association of American Pubslishers StatShot program cites 29.7-percent growth over 2016 in downloaded audiobook revenue, despite overall flat performance in publisher revenue in 2017.
Despite reported closures of publishers in Ukraine, some say the ban on Russian literature will trigger a new boom in Ukrainian texts which, along with state orders for books, could prompt an upturn in the beleaguered market.